I got a message from a client asking me why she couldn’t figure out how to record in Garageband (because that’s all she knew) directly to an MP3 file.
I knew that the answer I gave would be to a different question, but I did it anyway.
Here’s what I said.
Sure, I could have just told her (and I did) that you have to export MP3s from sound software, not record directly in them.
But more importantly, I asked her if she’d be willing to entertain the possibility of learning how to use Audacity and LAME, as opposed to Garageband.
Because Garageband is heavy. Unwieldy. Slow to boot. Slow to edit. It’s meant for music, and is overkill for voice over. Some versions require iTunes and a few extra steps just to export MP3s. It’s a bit clunky, like ProTools Lite.
And Audacity is light. Small. Powerful. Quick to boot. Ready in a flash. Free, and easy to export MP3s out of when you install LAME.
And yes, there is a slight learning curve on how to audition with Audacity (I’ve got a video class that can make it real easy for you) or use Audacity to record, edit and master your auditions and books for ACX (I’ve got a video class for that, too), but it’s not difficult at all.
The real benefit?
The countless hours you’ll save over the next century of your VO work life, being faster at recording, editing and exporting your auditions and work.
That is my wish for you. It’s why I recommend the tools I do.
What has your experience been like with your choice of sound recording and editing software? Use the comments below to let me know.
Hope this helps.